Kriek
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #153
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,124
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,350
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Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  51
Gots
  212
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

We've already told you that our family never does anything the way other people do. Kriek Lindemans is a good example of that. In order to obtain a beer like no other, we have been adding whole sour cherries to our lambic for generations. Our meeting with American importer Charles Finkel in the 1970s revolutionized the fruit beer segment. Charles convinced us to export our old kriek to the United States by boat. What we had not thought of is that the movement of the waves would reactivate the fermentation process and cause the corks to pop during the trip. It was like something out of The Adventures of Tintin. To prevent that from happening, we therefore developed an alternative production method for our kriek. We use fresh, not from concentrate, unsweetened cherry filtrate which we blend with lambic that is at least one year old before fermenting & macerating for up to 3 days and pasteurizing the whole batch. So the corks don't pop. Due to the use of filtrate and pasteurization, this kriek is sweeter and fruitier than Old Kriek Cuvée René, which undergoes a second fermentation process in the bottle. Thanks to its innovative flavour, it was a resounding success both here in Belgium as well as around the world. Nowadays, it is undoubtedly the reference kriek for consumers.

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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is cool. It is like a cherry soda. It is sweet but maybe from reading other reviews, I was expecting sweeter. I don't find it too sweet. It is quite fruity and that was expected. It is a nice change of pace from "regular" brews. Low ABV, can drink this anytime. But as others say, I would not have more than one at a time.

Dec 29, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep red with a pink head that falls off quick. Smell is cherry soda and a bit of earthiness underneath it all. Taste is sweet cherry that gives way to a bit of sourness, grassiness, herbalness and finishes pretty clean and dry. Feel is light, and well-carbonated. Pretty lively on the tongue. Overall, a decent intro to the style. It's really sweet, but to me that's OK.

Nov 27, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark crimson, pink foam, delicate lace, broken surface skim. Artificial cherry candy aroma, no depth or nuance here from the lambic.

Taste is much the same, sweet artificial cherry candy, cough drops. Vague mustiness from the cork, a little soapy in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Cloyingly sweet and one dimensional. I wouldn’t be surprised if the base beer is aged in barrels at all, for awhile there, Lindemans was just using wood shavings in stainless tanks.

Nothing about this is traditional or natural, it’s just a candy flavored beverage sweetned artificially with Stevia. I wasn’t expecting otherwise, Lindemans has always had this reputation. Not something i’ll ever revisit, with so many vastly superior traditional krieks on the market.

This beer is why people still have a misperception that lambic is sweet candy-flavored fruit beer, not the complex, centuries old anachronism that it truly is. Historically from the 60’s into the 80’s, sugary pasteurized “lambic” signaled the death knell for many traditional lambic breweries, and only now is traditional lambic experiencing a renaissance, no thanks to the candy factories like Belle Vue, Timmermans, De Troch, and Lindemans. Some say it was a matter of survival, but it’s still selling out, plain and simple. At least they still make Cuvee Réne, thank god for that.

Lambic - Fruit #161

Nov 13, 2020
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Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tall tulip
(no born-on or best-by date)

L: clear dark red topped by thick head of pink foam about an inch thick, gorgeously rich colors, the head sticks in spots, and there's enough activity to force up a constantly thick collar of pink foam and most of a skin; I expected it to be a work of art, and it is

S: Luden's cherry cough drops (cherry candy) ... even as you pour the beer you can smell the sweet cherry candy aroma; as your nose adjusts, however, there's much more complexity, some hay, wet hay, a hint of musty barn and tart earthy dark cherries; lemon peel

F: much sweeter than the nose, almost cloyingly sweet on arrival with a load of cherry candy flavor, again the Luden's cherry cough drops, and a slight tartness to it that balances out some of the sweetness; there's not as much musty hay as in the nose; as it warms, some of the earthier yeasty notes try to join in and again offer a little balance with the big cherry candy sweetness; the more the tart flavors try to join in, you sense a bit of lemon/lemon peel but only a bit

F: fluffy as a croissant with a crispy shell/crust, somehow both delicate and sturdy at the same time; there's a ton of carbonation in the beer, but you constantly sip through that thick collar of foam, so it softens the arrival and allows the carbonation to spread out ... very, very cool and interesting

O: decadent, rich, probably too sweet for some, but I love it; I can't imagine having a full session of these, for it's far too sweet, but as a changeup, it's very, very good; my guess is it's sub-4.0 score here on BA.com is that it's just too sweet for the average beer drinker, and I get that, but as a desert beer, it's an easy 4+ for me

Sep 27, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cherry color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has generous cherry hints
Taste follows the nose with a nice cherry flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A good lambic

Aug 12, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: looks gorgeous, one to two finger light pink head which dissipates reasonably fast, some lacing, beer is ruby red in colour, a touch hazy, too hard to see any bubbles rising through it but i suspect there might be.

smell: of course, it is very cherry focused, not quite medicinal in flavour though thankfully, sweet cherry, some tart lambic sourness, not overly acidic smelling, some citrus fruits, sugary, really sweet, juicy, fresh smelling.

taste: the sour to fruity sweet balance is far more in check on the tongue than on the nose, that’s lovely, i think it’s the sourness that creeps through first, followed by a fresh wave of predominately sweet cherry flavours, but also some citrus fruits, not at all as much sugar to taste as there was to smell, but it’s still there, perhaps some slight spice flavours common to belgian ales, the finish is tart but clean, in truth it’s very nice indeed.

feel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, lots of sour tangyness, dry clean finish.

overall: although intensely dominated by one flavour, it still makes for a very enjoyable yet light drink, although still more of an end of night beer.

May 30, 2020
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium: Capped + cork, long tulip glass.
Opacity: Deep veiled.
Color: Ruby red.
Head: Foamy pink 2-3 fingers.
Legs: Poor but good lacing.
Smell: Cherries/Vanilla.
Taste: Raspberries/Wild yeast.
Feel: Candies/Tart/Flanders red/Cork wood.
Body: Full slick and slightly creamy.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp, a bit fluffy.
Overall: Super rich, sugary, and desert like. Makes a nice appetizer. High quality ingredients and brewing but really one dimensional typical of a Kriek.

Visual 7/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 6/10 -
Freshness 2/10 - Intensity 4/10 - Complexity 7/10 - Appreciation 8.5/10

Apr 13, 2020
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beer_banse from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML Green Bottle - Very rich and flavorful - as someone else mentioned, reminded them of New Glarus fruited beers. Same here, working to get my hands on my Lambic beers

Apr 13, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ever since a buddy got me hooked on New Glarus fruited beers -- Wisconsin Belgian Red, especially -- I've been in search of something similar to fit the bill since I'll rarely be able to get my hands on NG beers. After many, many misses, I finally found something that's worthy. It isn't as nuanced and dialed in as Belgian Red, but the aroma is remarkably similar and the high points are very high, so it's in the ballpark. Very excited to have found a readily-available winner built in a similar mold!

Pours a wonderful deep burgundy with a solid head of light-pink bubbles of various sizes and consistencies. Provides nice streaks of off-white lacing. As I reach the last few sips and the beer thins out, noticeable brown and mahogany hues show up on the outer edges. Crystal clear consistency, but dark and well carbonated. Very attractive beer.

Warm cherry pie aromas burst from the glass. Dark cherry, cinnamon, iced pastry, and vanilla. It smells unabashedly sweet (but not artificial) and wonderful. Some apple, cranberry, and pear underneath the cherry juice, as well. Just a touch of funk, as well.

Taste follows, but here there's just the slightest maraschino/candied cherry note mixed in with the natural fruit flavors. Doesn't come off as medicinal or artificial at all, but this is where it's not on par with my New Glarus experiences. Still, 99% of the cherry experience is pure, ripe, pressed cherries. There's certainly plenty of sweetness, but it isn't cloying or palate-wrecking at all. Nice tartness doing at least a little balancing of the sweetness. Apple and cranberry show up again is sizable doses, along with some green grape. Some vanilla in there, along with a delicate wheat note, but I'm not getting any cinnamon or baking spices on the tongue. It definitely has a solid cider vibe to it. But the star, here, is the waves and waves of cherry juice. No real sourness to speak of past the tart fruits. Don't know if that makes it somehow a poor representation of the style. All I know is that I really like it.

Silky and soft feel, though medium-light in heft. Not syrupy at all. Perfect carbonation that provides a nice prickle on the back of the tongue.

Would certainly make for a fantastic dessert beer, but I'm digging it as a one-off slow sipper on a quiet night, as well. Just damn tasty, especially for a 3.5% ABV beer. I'm pretty sure I'll have a few of these in my fridge at all times going forward.

Jan 31, 2020
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Nofoba

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a dark ruby red body with visible carbonation. Small pink head with some lacing.

It has a really strong, sweet aroma of fermented cherries.

The taste is sweet, sour and crisp, with cherries and tart. The mouthfeel is full bodied; sour, oily and with sticky sweetness, with medium carbonation and light bitterness. It has a lingering aftertaste with tarty sweetness and light sourness.

A very enjoyable kriek.

Oct 13, 2019
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Shanex from France

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Kriek, and its 375ml of lambic fruit...

Poured into the only beer glass available here, left a three inches white/red foam fading slowly.

On the nose it’s incredibly full of cherries. Quite pleasant and you can feel in advance this is going to be really sweet on the palate...

And on the palate the cherries blow you away! Very strong flavor of cherries and others fruits. Very smooth, low ABV at 3,5% which would make for a fine summer refreshment.

Overall, a pretty fine lambic, in a different style I enjoyed as much Cherry Chouffe and Kasteel Red. I don’t normally really dig lambics like other folks who don’t all like very sweet beers but I recognize a good one when I sip on one...

Jul 07, 2019
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as complex as Kasteel Rouge but still quite good. One of the great bottles in all of beer. The smaller one ... Dark green in color; thick, heavy, substantial glass; with the logo etched on it. You won't want to discard this bottle.

Jun 07, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body is a deep ruby red, clear in appearance. Bubbly, thin head that dissipates very quickly.

Sweet cherries are the dominant note in the aroma. I also smell plums and slight vanilla. Earthy and funky smell. Doesn't smell tart.

The taste is pretty much like the aroma. Not tart and a little bit sour. Medium-light body.

May 22, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm always amazed at how excellent the cuvee rene series can be, and then how disappointing the rest of Lindemans lambics are.

Anyways, this is a significant downward departure from the cuvee rene kriek. Pours a leaning dark red color with a pinkish head 1/2" deep. Doesn't really have a problem in the appearance department. Its all downhill from here. Aroma is sugar and cherries.

Lots of that same sugar and cherries feel, totally underwhelmed by anything you typically find in droves in lambics, sourness, tartness, oak, brett, other funk aspects, anything to make you think its a wild beer. Above average carbonation. The cherries are bright, but not tart. Everything is decent with the beer with the exception of the lack of sourness and the overly sweet experience. Of course, that is the essence that is missing from a lambic, so while it might look alright and whatnot, when you junk it up this much with sugar, it really destroys the lambic experience for me.

Feb 15, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep clear red color. Pinkish head with very good retention. Very good lacing, as well.

S---Sweet cherries, not tart/bitter ones.

T---Sweet cherries, again. Just as advertised. Not really complex, but very good at what it is trying to do.

F---A little sticky sweetness. Could definitely drink a lot of this.

O---It's very good at what it's trying to be. A classic.

Nov 05, 2018
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janubio from Spain

3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a raspberries glass at Cervecería The Situation. Rosé colour and head, medium that fades to a thin layer. Good pinky lace. Aroma of cherries, yoghourt, some bretts, a bit acid but not much. Medium body sticky texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste of cherries, vanilla. Too sweet and not really that acid for the style.

Oct 18, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Es una cerveza suave, dulce, de cuerpo ligero, con una carbonatación media. Tiene un sabor ligeramente ácido. Es una cerveza refrescante. Un buen ejemplo de una cerveza Kriek.

Oct 14, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red clear body with tons of pink foam. Sugary sweet cherry with slight artificial taste at the finish. Some tartness and yeasts to compliment. Very high carbonation does not help artificial taste. Just an average lambic

Sep 23, 2018
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lastconfederate2 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite beer so far. Easy drinking, yet complex. Very sweet and heavy, but just south of cloying. An excellent dessert beer. Pours a deep red. Smells and tastes of cherries, plumbs, and other stone fruit with just a hint of the funkiness and sourness that is associated with lambic beers.

Aug 13, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an aroma that screams sweet and tart dark cherry. Had to work hard to pick up some malt, cereal/grain, and a little bit of a sour tartness. Taste is almost identical to aroma, sweet and slightly tart. It has a strong resembalance to sparkling cherry juice. Overall it makes for an excellent dessert beer

Jul 17, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep red with a bit of sediment, a half inch pink head that left nice lacing. Smells and tastes of tart and sweet cherries, sweet malts and a bit of funk. Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation, tart and dry finish.

May 27, 2018
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Labeled "L BK08QKR 15244" on the back of the bottle, which translates to the date 11/8/17, 6.5 months since brewing.

Pours a clear deep cardinal red in the glass with two fingers of pink fluffy head. Nose is of a strong sour montmorency cherry, a little bit of funk, hint of red delicious apple, bit of plum and a tiny bit of earthiness. Almost exclusively cherry juice on the nose, you really had to pull the rest of them out. Taste is wonderful, a mix of sweeter bing cherries + sour montmorency cherries with a distant grain backbone. It's exactly what the bottle labels it as, a sweetened cherry lambic malt beverage. Medium-light body, medium sourness and medium sweetness. Great carbonation that rolls across the tongue. Is it a beer? Arguable. Is it good? Hell yes. If you're looking for a traditional lambic or anything complex, you wont find it here. It's fresh mix of cherries for days on end. I'm a huge fan of cherries, so this is a hit.

May 25, 2018
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Chris5554 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like cherry cider, sweet and very cherry. It's drinkable, tastes like a really good cherry soda. Looks like a lightly carbonated red wine. If it was cheaper, I wouldn't mind drinking a whole lot of it.

Poured into a dirty sock suspended above my mouth.

May 22, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2019. ABV is stated as 3.5%. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. A cherry-flavoured lambic beer; the label states that this is made with a base of 1-year old lambic and contains 20% real cherry juice in addition to sugar and sweetener(?).

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep cherry-red colour with good clarity, some slight floating sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy pink foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense cherry with hints of fruity sweetness, mild sourness, earthiness and just a twinge of funk. Dominated by the cherry - nice.

T: Tastes of supremely juicy cherry with notes of fruity tartness, citric acid, sugary sweetness and mild earthiness. Uncomplicated, like liquid candy. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the strength. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of tart cherry, sweetness and a lingering acidity.

O: Very drinkable. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are all sharp cherry and sweetener. Body is alright. I'm well aware that this is not an authentic lambic and am not evaluating it against that standard. For what it is, however, I find it deliciously refreshing. Mainly because I have a soft spot for cherry. Worth sampling.

Mar 23, 2018
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DJinVT from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a ripe black cherry aroma that is nuanced and enticing. On the tongue, the taste explodes, and gives off super intense flavors of hardcore black cherry and blackberry. The finish is super sharp, to razor-edged, refreshing, tart and acidic. Personally I wouldn't call it beer—but I loved it start to finish just the same !

Mar 08, 2018
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